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Lancaster City
Witton Albion
Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 267

Albion make it a month of single goal matches


Match Report kindly supplied by: Andrew Simpson, Senior Sports Writer, Mid-Cheshire Guardian series -

WITTON Albion could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu following another narrow defeat, this time at Lancaster. They have played five matches in the Northern Premier League’s top-flight since the turn of the year, all of them settled by a single goal. This one was particularly painful.

Debutant Paul Dawson, signed by his home-town club earlier in the week, swept in a loose ball from close-range in the last minute after a corner dropped at his feet. The Dolly Blues were jubilant. They started this contest inside the Premier Division’s relegation zone but only four points adrift of the guests who occupied 14th position in the standings. And Albion still do, but with greater discomfort than previously.

“We were good enough to have picked up a point,” said assistant manager Gary Martindale. “A 0-0 draw would have sent us home with a different mind-set, and you could see from the joy in their reaction – and the relief of it too – how much that result meant to them. Lancaster are a much better side than the table says they are without any question.”

And yet Albion had their moments. Cesaire Lingouba had only goalkeeper Jack Sims in front of him after a teammate flicked on Anthony Gardner’s long throw but could not make a clean contact with the ball. Witton spurned another glorious opportunity when Tom Owens and James Foley combined, the latter steering a perfectly-weighted pass into Matty Devine’s path. However his first touch was heavy and his second was a shot he sliced horribly off-target.

Dawson couldn’t believe it when Albion goalkeeper Greg Hall produced an extraordinary reaction save, one-handed low to his right, to keep out his header from a corner.

Witton continued to conjure openings on a rapidly-deteriorating pitch in sodden conditions and Sims jabbed a boot in the way of Foley’s shot after the interval.

Hall was kept busy too, helping the ball around an upright after Brad Carsley shot while turning. He blocked a header from the striker on the line too before a defender cleared the danger.

Lancaster’s luck was in at the other end after Foley slid a pass into Owens and his low cross was stabbed instinctively against an upright by a recovering Glenn Steel.

When Hall was finally beaten, misjudging the flight of Rob Wilson’s free-kick, Carsley’s header flashed wide. Albion’s number one then contorted his body to tip over substitute Tom Kilifin’s curling shot before Dawson’s decisive intervention.

Lancaster | Sims (GK), Henry, Dugdale, Wills, Steel, Williams (Fensome 75), Dawson, Norris, Blinkhorn, Carsley (Kilifin 87), Wilson (Winder 85) Subs not used Bailey, Russell Goal Dawson 90 Booked: Henry

Witton | Hall (GK), Gardner, Devine, Wardle, Lingouba (Abadaki 90), Booth, McKenna, Owens, Hopley, Jones, Foley Subs not used: Smart & Cobley Booked: Jones (foul)

Referee Mark Reeves Attendance 267

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90:00 +1:00 Sub Off
Cesaire Lingouba is substituted off for Witton Albion
90:00 +1:00 Sub On
Osebi Abadaki is substituted on for Witton Albion
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16:00 Yellow Card
Will Jones is yellow carded for Witton Albion
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  • Lancaster City
  • Witton Albion
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  • Will Jones Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Cesaire Lingouba Sub Off 90:00 +1:00'
  • Osebi Abadaki Sub On 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Hall, Greg Hall, Greg
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Devine, Matty Devine, Matty
Owens, Tom Owens, Tom
Wardle, Josh Wardle, Josh
Hopley, Rob Hopley, Rob
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Booth, Will Booth, Will
Lingouba, Cesaire Lingouba, Cesaire
Jones, Will Jones, Will
Foley, James Foley, James

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Basford United 40 61
8. Scarborough Athletic 40 61
9. Witton Albion 40 58
10. Hyde United 40 53
11. Whitby Town 40 49
12. Lancaster City 40 49
13. Hednesford Town 40 48

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